Currently, separate organisations run assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and the Work Capability Assessments in Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit, with these using different IT systems. However, yesterday, the Government announced changes were ahead.
The DWP said that the new system, which would be trialled ahead of being rolled out nationally, would deliver all assessments using a single digital platform.
This would be developed and run by the DWP.
It’s not yet known where the new system will be launched, with the DWP saying the region will be confirmed “in due course”.
It will be developed initially from 2021, ahead of the trial and then the subsequent national rollout.
This announcement comes following a commitment made in 2019 to explore ways of improving support for disabled people, including reducing the need for face to face assessments and…